They Said It Couldn’t Be Done – Omni Hotel Original Art Everywhere

Omni Hotel Dallas Convention Center | Opening Night | 11-11-11

They said it couldn’t be done.

Yet, developers Jack Matthews and Jeff West of Matthews Southwest, with a host of others, made it happen. These are the guys who renovated the old Sears warehouse into hip loft spaces at South Side on Lamar. They’re not afraid to take risks. We saw evidence of this again when last Wednesday (specifically on 11-11-11), the Omni Hotel Dallas Convention Center opened to reveal original art in every one of the 1,000+ guest rooms and in the 40+ public spaces. There were no mass-produced prints anywhere. And, here’s an extra kicker, this art concept embraced the DFW creative community. Only local artists were asked to submit their portfolios for review. The selected artists were invited to be part of the opening ceremonies, ribbon cutting and public tour, as well as exhibit a sample of their work in a central meeting place.

Here’s one of three commissioned paintings I did for the hotel. I was honored to be considered and commissioned.

"White Rock Lake Clouds" | acrylic on canvas | 24" x 36" | Omni Hotel collection

I see this unique collaboration fitting naturally with the growing reputation of Dallas as a happening cultural, arts-oriented city where art + commerce intersect. Visit the Omni to see for yourself. Just go into the restaurant or lobby area, grab a drink or meal and you’ll see incredible paintings, including pieces by Anita Horton and Ted Kincaid – both friends of mine.

On a personal note: A shout-out to Jeremy McKane, owner of McKane Art Consulting, and his team who coordinated the selection and delivery of 100+ artists and the folks at Bray-Whaler who handled the purchase orders and paperwork for me and the other artists.

First Day of Autumn

Dallas Contemporary Architecture overlooking White Rock Lake

Today is August 25th, the start of Autumn 2011 and my second blog entry. Here’s an idea. Each first day of a season, I’ll write about how this time of year affects my artist’s sensibilities – sight, sound, smell,taste, touch or could be the 6th sense.

My (almost) daily walks around White Rock Lake – a gem tucked into nature-bursting neighborhoods not far from Dallas’s Central Business District and down the street from where I have my home and studio – are a time to slow down and find quietness. Mine is not a sweaty workout. Rather, it is a time to soak in anything that spontaneously catches my interest.

Texas Sage: Evergreen, full sun, and drought tolerant which was a good thing this summer

A cluster of Texas Sage shrubs has greeted me on my lake walks throughout this year’s 100+ F summer. In the past weeks, I’ve noticed that the sunlight has a new angle and casts different shapes and length of shadows from the sage and the contemporary home. Nature’s colors are now showcasing softer purples and greens – subdued violets and sage greens.  With autumn officially here, the shrub has sprouted its purple heads, nodding towards the lake, readying itself for winter, and making me ready for another upcoming change and season.